Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Genre: New adult
Page Number: 310
Summary: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Somehow, in all my romantic reads I haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book until now.
I went into this book completely blind, only reading the blurb. Hoover nails character development, love and suspense, all decorated by not one, but TWO gut-wrenching plot twists.
This isn’t your ordinary love story, it is a completely UNIQUE take on a love story.
We meet Fallon as a girl whose lost her confidence and personality to an ‘accidental’ fire two years ago, she aims to regain a sense of normalcy and decides to move to New York to pursue her career or what’s left of it.
Ben walks into Fallon’s life at just the right time, the first November 9th, they spend the rest of the day together and thats where their love story begins, they immediately fall for each other. That is when the stain of November 9th as the anniversary of the fire that ruined her life, is changed to the date where her and Ben’s love story continues, forever.
“When I woke up this morning, I thought today was going to be one of the toughest days I’ve had in two years. Who knew the anniversary of the worst day of my life might possibly end on a good note.”
They both join together and come apart on the same date each year as circumstances differ, the story morphs into a once-in-a-lifetime romance, but not before the ultimate plot twists threaten everything they hold onto.
I’d love to say the romance in the story kept me reading on, but the truth is it was the suspense, Hoover is an extremely gifted writer who hooks you on the first page, leaving the reader rooting for every November 9 to come round as quick as possible, not only to see the growth of Fallon and Ben’s relationship but unravel the mystery of Benton Kessler and his own story.
This book kept you at the edge of your seat, gripping the pages, there are moments within the book where the entire foundation of Ben and Fallon’s relationship can easily turn to quicksand but that’s what keeps you going, these characters and their pasts are flawed, the love you have for the characters quickly transcends to mere appreciation for their ability to overcome their obstacles despite these flaws.
I admire Fallon so much for following her dreams, despite her Dad telling her otherwise and I admire Ben for believing in the girl with the ‘scars’.
This story sweeps the reader and carries them through a roller coaster journey to a happily ever after.
The only criticism I have of this book, is that I felt the ending was rushed. This book was beautifully written, but in the end the story was snapped up and left on a hint of another book to carry on the story, ‘Not the end. Far from it’, SERIOUSLY, like seriously? I didn’t like that, don’t get me wrong the book was full of so many amazing details and you really felt the love between the two characters and how they matured together over the years, the tension of reading Ben’s novel was enough to tip me over the edge, but the book and their story deserved a better ending.
Saying that, I finished the book, wanting to re-read it again straight away because Hoover is a brilliant writer.
November 9 is a novel filled with so much passion, with such a dreamy aspect that leaps off the pages and grips you from the very first page.
“November 9th or nothing.”
(I then decided to have a photoshoot with the book, because why not)
What do you think of Colleen Hoover’s November 9? (Leave me a comment and let me know!)
If you enjoyed this post, you might enjoy my Far From You review.